Confessions of a Recovering Fundamentalist
Can theology be expounded almost entirely in jokes? This is an attempt to do so. But it is also a record of how one person recovered from fundamentalism, and found a different, more positive spirituality within Christian faith. It seeks...
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Can theology be expounded almost entirely in jokes? This is an attempt to do so. But it is also a record of how one person recovered from fundamentalism, and found a different, more positive spirituality within Christian faith. It seeks to speak to those who only know an exclusive and dogmatic version of Christianity, and who feel the need for something more universally compassionate and friendly to informed scientific thought. Ward argues that we need to escape from the image of a vindictive, wrathful, judgmental God, who saves just a few people from endless torture for no obvious reason. He proposes instead a view of the universe as evolving towards a goal, guided by a supreme cosmic consciousness, which manifests its nature in this historical process. Jesus is the human image of this consciousness, an image of universal self-giving love and a foreshadowing of the transformation of human lives by their union with the divine. The jokes are there because Christian faith should be really joyful, hopeful, and positive good news for everyone--that there is a spiritual basis and goal of the universe which wills everyone without exception to share in its unlimited wisdom and love.
Professor Keith Ward is a Professorial Research Fellow of the new Centre for Philosophy of Religion at Heythrop College. A well-known broadcaster and presenter, Professor Ward's work is internationally respected and he is today known as one of Britains foremost philosopher-theologians. Former Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford, Joint President of the World Congress of Faiths and a Fellow of the British Academy, he is the author of over 20 books, including God: A Guide for the Perplexed; Why There Almost Certainly Is a God and Is Religion Dangerous? Most recently his Sarum lectures were published as God and the Philosophers.
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